Action Star Games' outdoor battlefields facilitate colorful clashes between paint-slinging friends. On fields dotted with bunkers, trenches, and inflatable obstacles, paintballers dart in and out of the chromatic line of fire where inky warriors aged 10 and older practice the fine art of coloring between the lines at long range. Face masks protect sensitive eyes from inbound shots and sensitive ears from stinging taunts, although the 500 included paintballs provide ample means to write blistering Op-Eds on nearby trees. Full days of warfare begin at 9 a.m. and run until 3 p.m., and all games are monitored by Action Star Games' experienced referees, who keep the splattering safe and the combat fair.
Combatants duel in epic, color-filled skirmishes to conquer one of 12 expansive, themed fields designed to resemble a Wild West thoroughfare, dinosaur-infested ruins, the Amazon, and other environments. After suiting up in masks designed to protect faces from paint-filled orbs and rogue plastic surgeons, soldiers spray opponents with water-soluble pellets from behind authentic military vehicles and terrain-based obstacles during an all-day series of approximately 20-minute games. Participants take cover behind buses and cars on the city field before trekking to the outback area's foxholes and mountainous terrain to stealthily splatter enemies. Competitors at the trench field meander through a dugout labyrinth, combining the fighting style of WWI soldiers with the painting style of WWI expressionists. The park is open on Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday nights.
In the 1998 remake of Godzilla, a mutant lizard famously destroyed Manhattan—and at Hollywood Sports, visitors can do the same. The 23-acre sports center's paintball fields are each designed to mimic sets from classic movies, ranging from Godzilla to Saving Private Ryan; as they battle with their rented markers, paintball players live out their own twist on those film's battle scenes. Matches occur day and night thanks to the fields' stadium-style lights, which also ensure no one finds themselves in a shootout with a really aggressive bat. In addition to paintball, the park hosts other sports—rock-climbing walls, beach volleyball courts, and BMX racing tracks complement the movie-themed battlefields.
Giant Paintball's five locations spider across Southern California, causing flickering rainbows of color that splatter players failing to find cover. Shelter such as castle walls or Old West storefronts dot fields at the Alpine and Lakeside locations, and in Bellflower, Hollywood Sports places players in a 23-acre universe populated with authentic movie sets from the likes of Starship Troopers and Godzilla. At SC Village in Chino, camouflaged paintballers trek through 25 fields of jungle and desert landscape, popping off rounds from behind mesh-covered tanks and army-green helicopters. The wide open battle zones of California Paintball Park in Castaic, meanwhile, challenges competitors' long-distance sharpshooting as they navigate gigantic wooden spindles and wooden forts.
At each of Giant Paintball's sprawling venues, teams rent gear such as Tippmann guns and buy battle-proven equipment at their pro shops. Players also engage in airsoft matches—a game that uses plastic BBs instead of paintballs–at the Hollywood Sports and SC Village locations. Rock climbing, BMX racing, indoor soccer, a two-story arcade, a restaurant, and other athletic diversions can also be found at Hollywood Sports enormous entertainment complex.
Tombstone Paintball Park offers outdoor enthusiasts an exciting opportunity to reduce stress and enjoy nature while flinging paint at foes with all-day access to the park ($45, gun and mask included), all-day air ($10), and 100 paint-filled spheroids ($7) that can be customized to leave a splatter pattern that looks exactly like your first name. Twenty acres of terrain gives ample room for a variety of different playing fields with various themes. Storm the Civil War field, which features log revetments and multicolored courage badges, or defend the Siegfried Line—a large network of unmapped trenches, sandbags, and conduits that keep the enemy constantly dizzy, lost, or both.
Each arena at The Paintball Park brings in fresh equipment every season to keep paintballers on their toes. Barricades, bunkers, trenches, and tall trees provide ample cover for firing off shots at opponents, ducking from overhead fire, or meeting to discuss how to get the pizza-delivery man into the fortress unharmed. Games of elimination battles give players a chance to take out the other team while sprinting between the wreckage of tanks and helicopters.
Each of the Paintball Park's paintball fields has a distinct feel. Running beneath dinosaur sculptures lends to a carefree sensation, and trying to find an entrance in endless, gray castle walls evokes the sense that one is an ancient warrior who left his keys somewhere.